Sheffield drivers stuck in a jam

Traffic queueing on Penistone Road in Sheffield
Traffic queueing on Penistone Road in Sheffield
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Sheffield motorists spend more than a quarter of their journey time stuck in traffic, new figures have revealed.

Statistics released by TomTom show Sheffield is the 11th worst city in the UK for traffic congestion - outperformed by Leeds, Cardiff and Birmingham.

The analysis shows an overall average increase of 26 per cent to travel times in Sheffield, compared to free-flowing traffic conditions. This rose to a 54 per cent increase during the evening rush hour.

Overall, Sheffield drivers with a 30-minute commute face a 77-hour delay every year. The congestion levels have remained the same in recent years, despite increasing volumes of traffic.

Motorists took to The Star’s Facebook page to vent their frustration.

Nadeem Akram said: “It’s getting worse - this is down to the council putting public transport before traffic.

“Some bus lanes and bus gates only have one bus service using them or none at all. Those which are less used should be got rid of.”

Patrick Cartledge added: “Sheffield Parkway on Mondays to Fridays from 7.30am until after 9am is gridlocked. Chesterfield Road at Woodseats has been a nightmare for years, Ecclesall Road...the list is endless. It will never change, ever.”

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “The city’s traffic management centre at Carbrook helps to keep the network flowing by controlling the traffic signals and gyratory systems across the city. The centre has intervened at critical traffic issues on the network in excess of 23,000 times in the last year and manages an average of 1,000 incidents a year.

“We are also aiming to make public transport easier, more affordable, convenient and reliable to encourage more people to use the buses and trams in Sheffield.”

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